Bean, Lima Fordhook 242 Bush
Heat-resistant plants thrive in adverse conditions.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
- Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
- Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
- Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
- For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
- To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity65 daysFruit Size4 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight15-20 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Lima Fordhook 242 Bush is rated out of 5 by 5.Rated 4 out of 5 by charlee3000 from Help for Ford Hook Limas I planted ford hook bush lima beans and the feelers on them are so long they're falling over and trying to wrap around the feelers on the next row. Have I done something wrong? Should I put a fence up. Any help would be appreciated.Date published: 2015-06-07Rated 5 out of 5 by BJNPLS from Incredible! These things are just awesome! You can plant a large number of them in a small space, they are very easy to grow. The produce GREAT beans. I've never had fresh lima beans before. I can't believe it! You can take them right off of the plant, open the pod and eat them right there. They are tender yet firm, perfect texture and sweet! I'll never cook them, (no need). Just warm if you want but they need no prep. I'm just snacking on them as well. Top notch product. Absolutely fantastic!Date published: 2015-04-07Rated 5 out of 5 by jerseybeachgirl from Hardy Grower Put this bean in last year.My Doc Martin heirlooms are not doing so well in the getter hotter summers in south jersey.Thought I'd give these guys a try because I depend on freezing some crop.Slow and steady,these beans seemed to slow themselves down when it got too hot.I kept my eyes on and made sure they had water,all the sudden when the heat broke they came right back.The flavor is not near as good as my Doc Martins but it was decent and they Produced !Date published: 2015-03-08Rated 5 out of 5 by cass from Fordhook lima heat resistance Living in Central Florida I had the opportunity to test the heat resistance of this bush lima last May. I found that it flowered during the hottenst part of the summer (90+ degrees in July) but did not produce beans. Luckily though the plants did still grow well and I left them in the garden. As soon as the nght time temps dropped some in the fall the plant began to produce. Lesson learned. Good sturdy plant, but cannot function as a summber crop in central Florida.. Need to plant in the spring or fall. I reordered and plan to plant it earlier this year.Date published: 2011-01-23Rated 5 out of 5 by Killer from Fordhook No. 242 - Growing Fordhook 242 is an oldie but a goodie. Very consistent yielder. Will yield all summer until frost. Will grow well even in partial shade. Lima beans in general have a hard time germinating. Plant a few extra seeds and thin if you have too many.Date published: 2009-03-28